YAVAPAI COUNTY - Every year the Yavapai County Community Foundation divvies up thousands of dollars to local organizations in need.
The money doesn't always go to feed the poor or assist the elderly, although much of it does.
Because one of the foundation's foundations is to carry out the wishes of those who contribute, it also finds itself granting money to a wide variety of requests.
For instance, some goes to the dogs - law enforcement canines to be exact. Some goes to art and music programs. Some goes to children and some to the environment.
Since its inception in 1994, the foundation has given out more than $2 million.
This year, in spite of the dismal economy, it passed out a record $167,405.
Among the benefactors were Cornucopia Community Advocates, who received $10,000 to aid the poor in Cornville. More than $27,000 went to Coalition for Compassion and Justice, to support healthcare, hunger relief, and assistance to children.
The Highlands Center for Natural History received $9,000 to expand its summer science programs for students. Prescott College got $1,750 to develop a botanical sanctuary.
The Cottonwood, Prescott and Prescott Valley police departments split almost $20,000 for improvements and training in their K9 programs.
The Mountain Arts Guild was awarded $1,000 to explore arts education and exploration for children 8 to 17. And the Barbershop Harmony Society - High Mountain Chordsmen Prescott Chapter will receive $500 to fund an all-day workshop and performance.
"Every spring we hold workshops to help organizations write their grant requests. And every summer, a portion of those requesting assistance are awarded grants," says Tracey McConnell, grants and operations coordinator for the YCCF.
"Although we gave out a record amount this year, many compelling projects remain unfunded."
To learn how you can contribute or help YCCF grow its endowed community fund, contact Traci Corey at (9287) 708-9632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.